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Again, Fire Board Will Try To Dissolve; Town Says It’ll Sue To Stop It

Again, Fire Board Will

Try To Dissolve; Town

Says It’ll Sue To Stop It

Supervisor Wood Says 12-15 Months Needed
To Allow For Orderly Transition Of Duties

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Town Supervisor Bob Wood said the fire commissioners are having a “temper tantrum.”

ONEONTA – Failing to vote to dissolve last night in the face of objections from the audience, the Town of Oneonta’s Board of Fire Commissioners is planning to meet again tomorrow night to try again.

The commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. at Elm Park United Methodist Church, and may take two actions:  One, pass a proposed $395,000 budget; two, dissolve.

Town Supervisor Bob Wood said a few minutes ago it seems like the fire commissioners are having “a temper tantrum.”

And, Wood said, if the commissioners vote to dissolve, the town will sue them, seeking through an Article 78 proceeding to prevent such an action for 12-15 months, to allow an orderly transition.

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Maj. Norma Jean Hager, 77; Retired From Salvation Army
IN MEMORIAM

Maj. Norma Jean Hager, 77;

Retired From Salvation Army

Since, She Knitted 453 Afghans For Bassett Newborns

MILFORD – Maj. Norma Jean Hager, who retired from the Salvation Army after a four-decade career, was promoted to glory on Sept. 18, 2018, in Milford, where she had retired.

She was the daughter of Charles & Charlotte (Stilson) Cargill born on Dec. 31, 1940, in Oneonta.

Norma attended school in Oneonta and graduated from OHS in June of 1959. In September 1959 she entered the Salvation Army School for Officers Training as a cadet in The Bronx, NY to become an officer (pastor).

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Celebration Of Life Is Saturday For Charles Sawyer, Who Died In Crash

Celebration Of Life Is Saturday For

Charles Sawyer, Who Died In Crash

Chuckles Sawyer

ONEONTA – A celebration of life is planned 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Oneonta Elks Club for Charles “Chuckles” Sawyer, 78, died June 2, 2018, from injuries sustained in a car crash.

He passed away at Kindred Hospital, Greensboro, N.C.  The accident had occurred the previous Oct. 4 in North Carolina; he had been living in Garner, N.C.

Born June 15, 1940, in Harpersfield, he was the eldest of three children born to the late Charles and Naomi Kellum Sawyer.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Tour Our Urban Forest

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TREES OF COOPERSTOWN – 5:30 p.m. Tour Cooperstown with Otsego County Conservation Association, learn benefits of street trees, threats to urban forests, basics of tree anatomy, identification. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/the-trees-of-cooperstown/

GARDEN CLUB – 6:30 p.m. Public meeting hosts Don Urtz presenting photographs of work done by the club over the years. Free, refreshments provided. Richfield Springs Village Library, 102 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

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Cooperstown Gallery Features Works By Young Local Artists

Cooperstown Gallery Features

Works By Young Local Artists

James Matson – assisted by Natalie Wrubleski – has opened the Henry March Gallery at 183 Main St. in the former Paterno Bros. baseball store, featuring works by young local artists, such as Brendon Hall, photo at right.  Other artists now displaying their works include Devin Gaviria, John Aborn and Nate Katz, as well as Matson himself, who was raised in Cooperstown and is studying for a master’s degree at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies.   “On these walls, we can see the conflict between our rural environment and the much larger, crowded world we experience through an iPhone’s screen,” Matson says on www.henrymarch.com.  “We can see popular media and televised imagery, layered on top of a knowledge of the natural world.”   The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Dissolution Tabled

Will Fire District

Survive? A Stormy

Meeting; No Answer

Unable To Agree, Fire Commissioners

Table Dissolution.  But For How Long?

Hands go up around the room as Commissioner Michelle Catan asks by show of hands who would support a contract with the City of Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Attorney Terry Hannigan explains to the crowd how the current fire contract is set up.  He said it takes advantage of town residents. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District lives to see another day.

With a motion on the table to dissolve the fire district,  Fire Commission chair Johna Peachin moved to table it at the end of a stormy meeting this evening.

The tabling passed unanimously, delaying action on dissolving for now – but for how long?

The commission has been in negotiations with the city for over two years on renewing a fire contract that expired at the end of 2016; state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma imposed a two-year extension to allow coverage to continue while negotiations continues.

The contract enables the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department to provide coverage to the town, primarily Southside and the east and west ends.

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Man Honored For Aiding Chief Brenner in July 4th Fight

Man Honored For Aiding

Police Chief In Fight On 4th

Franklin Weideck, Wells Bridge, receives a certificate of commendation and a commemorative law enforcement medallion from Police Chief Doug Brenner during tonight’s Common Council meeting. Weindeck came to Brenner’s rescue after an intoxicated man began to attack him during the Fourth of July festivities. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)

By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An ordinary citizen risked injury to help the city’s police chief in a dangerous situation, and tonight Common Council said thanks.

Franklin Weideck, Wells Bridge, was attending the Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Neahwa Park when he saw Police Chief Douglas Brenner on the ground struggling to control a violent suspect.

“I was aware of an individual who seemed to have a little bit too much to drink,” Brenner said. “I wandered off of the beaten path to keep an eye on him.  I saw people around this guy. He had fallen and he had gotten up and tried to sit on a rail and fell off of that and bloodied his nose.”

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Family Of Artists Share First Group Show

Otego Family Of Artists

Puts On First Group Show

Charles and Martha Bremer of Otego, center, pause for a family photo with daughters Lara, left, and Karin, right, and granddaughter Alix, after a Q&A following the opening reception of the Bremer Family Show on Sunday. Each artists in their own way, the show marks the first time the family has shown works together, from photography and jewelry, to graphic design and weaving.  The Bremer Family Show is up through Sept. 29 at The Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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William J. “Bud” Brennan, 85; Lifelong Dairy Farmer Cared For His Animals

IN MEMORIAM:  William J. ‘Bud’ Brennan, 85;

Edmeston Dairy Farmer Cared For His Animals

EDMESTON – Dairyman William J., “Bud”, Brennan, 85, of Edmeston passed away peacefully Sept.  18, 2018, at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin.

Bud was born on Feb. 12, 1933, a son of the late William and Katherine Brennan. He was a selfless dairy farmer who thought of his animals as his family.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

DoubleDay Dancers Mark 45th

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45TH BIRTHDAY – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Celebrate The DoubleDay Square Dance Club of Cooperstown with 2 days of square dancing. Exercise, meet people, see your friends. No costume/age requirements. Refreshments provided. Cooperstown Elementary School. 607-264-8128 or visit doubledaydancers.com

CHESS MEETING – 6 – 11 p.m. Weekly meeting welcomes players of all levels. No fees. Cafeteria, College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Call Dom at 607-484-7240.

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